Nurit Bar-Josef

Nurit Bar-Josef was appointed Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2001 (then the youngest such appointee to a major U.S. orchestra) by Maestro Leonard Slatkin.  She was previously Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops from 1998-2001 and Assistant Principal Second Violin of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1997-1998.  She studied with Aaron Rosand at The Curtis Institute of Music and continued her studies at the Juilliard School with Robert Mann.

Ms. Bar-Josef’s solo appearances have included the National Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony, National Philharmonic, and Britt Festival Orchestras, among others.  An active chamber musician, she has performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Festival (ME) and Aspen Music Festival, and festivals in Tanglewood, Portland (ME), Kingston (RI), Steamboat Springs, Garth Newel, and Caramoor, where she performed piano quartets with Andre Previn at his Rising Stars Festival.  She was a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players for nine years, and is a founding member of the Dryden Quartet.

Ms. Bar-Josef has been a featured guest on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and has had the honor of performing at the White House with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach.  She is currently playing on a J.B. Vuillaume dated 1871, generously on loan to her from the Library of Congress. 

Nurit resides in the Washington, DC area and enjoys long bike rides and hiking with her husband and dog in her free time.  

Jonathan Carney

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BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney is in his 16th season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, after 12 seasons in the same position with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in New Jersey, Mr. Carney hails from a musical family with all six members having graduated from The Juilliard School. After completing his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music.

After enjoying critically acclaimed international tours as both concertmaster and soloist with numerous ensembles, Mr. Carney was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. He was also appointed concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and the Basque National Orchestra in 1996. Recent solo performances have included concertos by Bruch, Korngold, Khatchaturian, Sibelius, Nielsen, the Brahms Double Concerto and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, which was featured as a live BBC broadcast from London's Barbican Hall. He has made a number of recordings, including concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi and Nielsen, sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven and Franck, and a disc of virtuoso works of by Sarasate and Kreisler with his mother Gloria Carney as pianist. New releases include Beethoven’s Archduke and Ghost trios, the cello quintet of Schubert and a Dvorak disc with the Terzetto and four Romantic pieces for violin.

Mr. Carney is passionate about music education and currently serves as Artistic Director for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. He is also an artist in residence at the Baltimore School for the Arts, one of the country's premier high schools and also serves on its Board of Directors.

Jonathan is presently on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, an intensive seven-week summer music festival in the mountains of western North Carolina.  As a sought after clinician he also gives master classes throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Carney performs on a 1687 Stradivarius, the Mercur-Avery, on which he uses "Vision" strings by Thomastik-Infeld. Mr.Carney's string sponsor is Connolly & Co., exclusive U.S. importer of Thomastik-Infeld strings.

Felix Hell

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A native of Germany, Felix Hell is one of the most sought after concert organists in the world. He has been featured as a recitalist and concerto soloist in more than 850 concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The American Organist raved that he “sets standards that older and honored players would struggle to equal.”

Felix Hell’s discography includes 10 CDs. His most recent recording features music for Organ and Symphony Orchestra by Barber, Guilmant and Jongen. His recordings are frequently broadcast throughout the United States and across the world; he has appeared on television globally.

His project “Music Across America” allows him to travel with his own Touring Organ, performing organ concertos and recitals in spaces that do not house pipe organs, liberating the instrument from its historic confines.

Felix Hell is known for his diverse and innovative programming, drawing upon a repertoire encompassing five centuries. Furthermore, he has received global recognition for his marathon performances of the entire organ works of J.S. Bach, which encompass about 250 compositions and close to 20 hours of performance time. He has since performed the complete Bach cycle four times, most recently in in 2013 in Seoul, Korea.

Mr. Hell is an avid supporter of new music for organ and frequently collaborates with composers.

Felix Hell studied at the Juilliard School in New York, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (BM), the Peabody Institute in Baltimore (AD, MM, DMA). In 2007, he received Johns Hopkins University’s prestigious Outstanding Graduate Award.

Mr. Hell holds positions of Organ Artist Associate at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Distinguished Organist-in-Residence at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, and Adjunct Professor of Organ at the Sunderman Conservatory in Gettysburg, PA. In 2011, Felix Hell was appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at Kosin University in Busan, South Korea

Stefan Jackiw

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Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance" that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.

Last season Stefan Jackiw performed Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, before embarking on a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra. He also appeared in recital with acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk performing Ives Violin Sonatas. In Europe, Stefan returned to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and made his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. And in Asia, he appeared for the first time with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and returned to the Seoul Philharmonic under Mario Venzago. He also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. 

This season, Stefan will appear on tour throughout North America, including performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony. He will also perform with Juraj Valčuha both with the Philharmonia Orchestra and RAI Turin Orchestra. Tours in Europe, will also take Stefan back to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Ludovic Morlot, and to the Helsinki Philharmonic and Bern Symphony with Mario Venzago, and to the Munich Symphony. Further afield, he will appear on tour with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Shanghai and Mumbai. This season he also records Ives violin Sonata with Jeremy Denk for Nonesuch Records, ahead of their North American tour in the 2017-18 season. Previous recordings include the complete Brahms Sonatas for Sony, hailed by Fanfare as “now the recording of the Brahms sonatas to have”. 

In recent seasons, Stefan toured Australia playing Mendelssohn with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer’s Violin Concerto No 2 “Jubilant Arcs”, written for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthias Pintscher. Other recent highlights include performances with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and performances with the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Juraj Valcuha.

Jackiw is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and Caramoor International Music Festival, the Celebrity Series of Boston, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Louvre Recital Series in Paris. As a chamber musician, Jackiw has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, Jackiw was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside such artists as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine.  
Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He lives in New York City.

Lukáš Vondráček

The indisputable winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2016, Lukáš Vondráček made his first public appearance at the age of four. His debut as a fifteen-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy was followed by a major US tour in 2003. His natural and assured musicality and remarkable technical ability have long marked him out as a gifted and mature musician. He has worked with conductors including Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrůša, Anu Tali, Xian Zhang, Krzysztof Urbanski, Stéphane Denève and Alexander Lazarev.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre national de Belgique, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orquesta de Gran Canaria, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and a return to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He will tour Brazil, India and appear in recitals in Hong Kong, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Prague’s Rudolfinum and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.

Recent recitals have taken Lukáš to London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Casa da Música in Porto, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Washington Performing Arts Society, Boston Celebrity Series as well as Festival La Roque d’Anthéron, Gilmore Festival and the renowned Piano aux Jacobins series in Toulouse amongst others.

He works regularly with ensembles such as the London and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, the Philharmonia and Gulbenkian orchestras, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras. Recent highlights include a tour of Spain with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and a highly successful tour of Australia including appearances with the West Australian and Sydney Symphony orchestras. 

International awards include first prizes at the Hilton Head and San Marino International Piano Competitions and Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

Following studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatoire Lukáš Vondráček obtained an Artist Diploma from Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, graduating with Honours in 2012. 

His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia Records, was released in 2004 followed by another recital disc in 2012. His most recent CD, a recording of works by Brahms was released in autumn 2013 on the ORF label.

Kai Gleusteen

Canadian born violinist, Kai Gleusteen started at the age of five years old in his native city, Calgary. Early on, he met with success in national music competitions in addition to receiving top academic awards. Already at a young age, he had the opportunity to study with the most renowned violinists and teachers of his time, including Nathan Milstein, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Zakhar Bron. By the age of seventeen, Kai was awarded the top prize in the Commonwealth Concerto Competition in Australia, he had received the prestigious Skene Award in Scotland and had formed his first chamber orchestra: The Group of Twelve.

A strong believer in the musician as a multi-dimensional human being, Kai chose to combine his musical studies with academic pursuits. At the University of Michigan, he studied anthropology, geophysics, and philosophy. He received a Master’s Degree from Rice University under the tutelage of the person who would become his greatest inspiration on both a personal and musical level, the violinist Camilla Wicks.

In 1991, Kai moved to Europe to live in the heart of Western culture. Paris and Prague were his bases for nine years, allowing him to develop and perform both as a soloist and leader of numerous orchestras. In the year 2000, he won the concertmaster position of the Orchestra ‘del Gran Teatre del Liceu’ and subsequently moved to Barcelona. In 2003, he created the Gran Teatre del Liceu Chamber Orchestra and was appointed professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya. He continues to perform extensively as a soloist and a recitalist throughout Europe, North America and China and has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings.

Since 2011, Kai has devoted has founded a festival of chamber music, called Kaimerata Concerts, in which he chooses one composer per season and shares his knowledge and passion of the works with the audience, by explaing, demonstrating, and performing the selected works.  After a seven successful seasons in Spain, Kaimerata Concerts has now a second home on Denman Island in the summer.  More details on

Kai has the great fortune to play on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini, "El Tigre" made in 1781.

Catherine Ordronneau

"Une pianiste pas comme les autres.” These were the words of Pierre Petit, the well-known critique of the Figaro, after a performance of Catherine Ordronneau.

Although she performed her first solo concert at age 12, it is only when she turned 18 that she decided to devote herself entirely to music, receiving guidance from French pianist François-René Duchâble and the pedagogue Monique Deschaussées, herself a student of the great Alfred Cortot.  

After receiving the highest distinction in academics, and the prize of the “Foundation Lefébure,” she chose to avoid international competitions in order to develop an eclectic repertoire and grow as a thoughtful and well-rounded musician. Being a lover of literature and nature, she delivers “mesmerizing interpretation allied to a total musical integrity.” (The Times)

She performs extensively in North America, Europe and China. She was invited to play as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Lublin Philharmonic in Poland, and the Lebanon Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since 2008, she regularly goes to China and has played in the most prestigious halls, including the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and the Performing Arts Center in Tianjin. She recorded live for CBC Radio, Bravo, TV2 in Spain, Radio France…

She also loves chamber music and takes part in many chamber music festivals.  She has worked and performed with Canadian violinist Kai Gleusteen for more than 15 years and their discography includes award winning recordings.

Catherine is professor of piano and chamber music in the Liceu Conservatorio Superior de Música.

Esther Yoo

"Can the world take yet another brilliant young female violinist? Yes, if that violinist is Esther Yoo" wrote The Telegraph after the violinist’s performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2016. Esther Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when, aged 16, she became the youngest prizewinner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition. In 2012 the American-Korean violinist was also one of the youngest ever prizewinners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and since 2014 she has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

In 2016/17, following her first BBC Proms appearance (with the BBC Philharmonic under Alpesh Chuahan), Esther debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä), Charlotte Symphony (Christopher Warren-Green) and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Karina Canellakis). She performs with the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow (Charles-Olivieri Munroe) and joins the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern for concerts with Shi Yeon Sung in Germany and Korea. Chamber music appearances include her US recital debut with Robert Koenig at New York’s Lincoln Center, and recitals in the UK and Spain.

Last season saw the release of her debut album by Deutsche Grammophon, of the Glazunov and Sibelius concertos recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Aaron Cohen

Aaron is a native of Philadelphia now living in Atlantic City and has made a major commitment to the South Jersey business and philanthropic community over the last 10 years.  Presently the longest sitting Trustee on the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Board and the Chair of Development & Fundraising, Aaron is a Past President and has also previously served as Secretary, Vice President and Chair of Strategic Planning.  He is a life-long audiophile, music lover and collector of rare recordings and has pursued numerous activities in the music and musical instrument industries throughout his adult life.  Aaron also maintains a serious collection of guitars and other musical instruments and plays informally on a regular basis with groups in New York City.   

A graduate of Temple University with post-Baccalaureate work in world affairs and history, Aaron is a very active businessman with ownership and leadership in companies in the title insurance, government contracting, medical technology, alternative energy and music/video/stage production industries.  His company Stage Trip Industries has provided audio, video, lighting and streaming services for many events in all kinds of venues and settings with particular focus on the music, medical, automotive, fashion, non-profit gala and private corporate event sectors as well as for private personal celebrations (weddings, etc.).  In medical technology, Aaron is Chief Executive Officer of a company possessing novel patented therapies for degenerative brain diseases and traumatic brain injury and is co-inventor on several pending patents in cancer immunology.  In alternative energy, he advises and represents a company that has devised a unique non-invasive method for mounting solar panels and other technical equipment to commercial and industrial rooftops; and in musical instruments he has advised numerous instrument manufacturers and is presently engaged in the re-launch of a world-renowned brand of jazz guitars after several decades of inactivity.  

Aaron has also served as a long-time Board member of two condominium homeowners associations in PA and NJ and briefly served as interim President of one of them.  He spent many years throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s in the mortgage and mortgage banking industries, has worked from time to time on Jewish causes, and has been a life-long cyclist and martial artist.

Robert Dragotta

For over a decade, Robert Dragotta has been involved in the New York theater world.  He is currently Executive Director for Culture Project a non-profit theater company that operates the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City. His  producing credits include, Girls Night: The Musical and the Late Nite Catechism series with Entertainment Events.  His Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Sarah Jones: Bridge & Tunnel, Shout:The Singing 60’s Musical, Bombay Dreams with Andrew Lloyd Weber, Jewsical the Chosen Musical, We’re Still Hot and White Chocolate. He produced Lorna Luft in Songs My Mother Taught Me at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale and in London’s West End. He co-produced the Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song with Lea Salonga, and was producer of the national tour of Some Like it Hot, starring Tony Curtis.  Robert co-produced the Broadway revival of the hit comedy, Noise is Off, starring Patti Lapone and Peter Gallagher.  Other New York productions include: Minor Demons, Electra, Now Hear This!, Epic Proportions, How to Succeed in Business, The Elephant Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Gary Sinese and Russell Simon’s DEF POETRY

Loretta P. Finnegan, MD

Dr. Loretta P. Finnegan currently is Executive Officer of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and is President of Finnegan Consulting which addresses education, research, and treatment in issues relating to women’s health and perinatal addiction. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in these fields and amongst the first to develop a landmark program providing comprehensive services for drug dependent pregnant/post-partum women and their children. She is also credited with the development of an assessment tool for neonatal opioid abstinence which is used widely in neonatal units in the United States and many other countries. Past positions have included the following: Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University (Ret.), Founder and Former Director of Family Center, Comprehensive Services for Pregnant Drug Dependent Women, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Former Medical Advisor to the Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, DHHS (Ret.). Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Finnegan received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatology at the Philadelphia General Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Division. Dr. Finnegan has three honorary degrees: Doctor of Laws (Chestnut Hill College), Doctor of Science (Ursinus College), and Doctor of Science in Osteopathy (University of New England). Dr. Finnegan has been the recipient of many awards too numerous to mention. Over the past few decades, Dr. Finnegan has authored or co-authored more than 180 scientific publications and has spoken at scientific conferences in the United States and in many international settings where she has given nearly 1000 presentations on topics related to health issues in women and children. She has participated in international symposia, conferences and technical consultations or has been a visiting professor in 32 countries including Italy, France, Ireland, England, Portugal, Canada (Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia), Venezuela, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Sweden, the Philippines, Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide), the Soviet Union, New Zealand (Auckland, Palmerston, North, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch), Scotland, Austria, Norway, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, South Africa, the Republic of Tatarstan-Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Uruguay, Spain, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Current and Past Volunteer Activities include: Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors (President-2012-2014); Drexel University’s Leadership Council for the President (2012-2014); Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Health Education Corporation of Drexel University (2012-2014); Avalon Yacht Club Board of Trustees, Membership Chair (2009-2015); Board of Directors, Avalon Performing Arts Council (President-2014-2016); Board of Trustees, Bay Atlantic Symphony (Fundraising Committee) (2012-present), Avalon Lions Club (2011-present) (Membership Committee). DUCOM Advisory Council to the President (2015-present).

Charles 'Shy' Kramer

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I graduated from Michigan State University in 1953 and it was there - that I met my wife, Janet. Today we have three children all married and seven grandchildren.

During the Korean War I served as a PIO - Pubic Information Officer in Seoul, Korea representing the Korean Communications Zone.

Upon discharge Jan and I made our home in Margate - where I worked as gen- eral manager of Garwood Mills. One of the first discount department stores in the country.

In 1977 - 79 I was the President of Congregation Beth Judah. It was then the largest Jewish congregation in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

I later served as President of the Jewish Family Service Agency.

In 1976 started my own marketing company - focusing on direct marketing in an industry where it was practically non-existant. Shy Kramer & Associates continues to serve clients in that industry across the entire country.

In 1995 I was selected as a “Dean” of the American Wholesale Marketers Associ- ation.

In 1996 I founded and served as publisher of the “Jewish Times” newspaper serving the Jewish communities of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. The paper merged with the “Community Voice” newspaper of Cherry Hill in April 2014.

I have been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony for the past eight years.

Alyce Parker

Alyce Parker is the principal of Alyce Parker & Associates, a public relations, government relations and community relations firm providing pro-bono consulting in the South Jersey and Philadelphia marketplace.  She retired as a regional vice president of public affairs for Harrah’s Entertainment, the world’s largest gaming company after 25 years in the Atlantic City market.

She began her professional career as a legislative aide in the NJ General Assembly and also worked for American Medicorp, Girl Scouts of the USA, Gloucester County government, Cam Glo Newspapers and Gino’s.

Alyce is a graduate of Rowan University with a B.S. in political science and communications and earned a M.A. in administration from Rider University. She serves on the Bay Atlantic Symphony board of trustees, the Rowan University Foundation Board, the Drexel University School of Hospitality and Sports Management advisory board and the American Conference on
Diversity.  She has been active with the SJ Aids Alliance, Atlantic City NAACP, Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association, Bacharach Institute, Chelsea Neighborhood Association, Public Relations Council of Atlantic County, Public Relations Society of America, Ronald McDonald Gala and Woodruff Wildlife Center. She has been honored by many of these organizations.

 She resides in Pittsgrove, Salem County with her husband Michael R. Mazzoni, Esq. and they have two grown daughters and a granddaughter.

James F. Ferguson, Esq

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Was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  In 1976 he graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a B.A. degree in political science and was selected to Phi Sigma Alpha the Political Science National Honor Society.  In 1979 he graduated Villanova University School of Law and was a member of the Law School Honor Board from 1978-1979.  He was admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey in June 1980 and worked in private law practices with emphasis on civil trial work, municipal law and tax appeal work until October 2002.  From October 2002 to the present he has served as County Counsel for Atlantic County Government.  In that capacity he is Department Head for the Atlantic County Department of Law which provides legal advice to all County Departments and to the County’s Constitutional Officers.  In May of 2014 he was the recipient of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) County Service Award.  He has been a member of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Board of Trustees since June 2013, and has been Vice President from January 2015 to the present.

Rong Tan

Born in China, Ms. Rong Tan is an active chamber musician and harpist reside in Philadelphia area. As a soloist, she has been featured with National Repertory Orchestra, Allegro Society, Pennsylvanian Pops and the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and The Chamber orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, and Delaware Orchestra. She is currently the principal harpist of the Opera Delaware and principal harpist of the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

Ms. Tan started her piano studies at age 7, was admitted into the Central Conservatory of Music for gifted children at the age of 13 to study harp, Later was graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the late distinguished teacher Miss Marilyn Costello, who was the former principal Harpist in Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Tan also received Curtis Institute of Music Award and winning the Elizabeth Herbert Hobin Harp Competition. 

Ralph Sorrentino

Ralph Sorrentino serves as Principal Percussionist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Principal Percussionist with Opera Philadelphia, and Section Percussionist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. He performs as a substitute percussionist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has performed under the batons of many of the world’s great conductors (Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Kirill Petrenko, Jaap van Zweden, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas) in many of the world’s great concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival and the Bravo! Vail Festival). Ralph has also performed with the Russian National Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, and the New World, Delaware, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Kennett and Reading Symphonies. Ralph has performed for several world leaders and dignitaries, including HRH Prince Charles and Pope Francis. Ralph, along with flutist Sophia Anastasia, is a founding member of Electrum Duo. The Duo’s November 2008 New York City debut at Bargemusic was favorably reviewed in the December 1, 2008 edition of The New York Times. Electrum Duo has presented recitals in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. Both of Electrum Duo’s albums, introductions and Thoughts, are available on iTunes and Ralph’s debut solo percussion album, multiplicity, was released in October 2014 and is available on iTunes and Ralph has recorded percussion tracks for NFL Films, including music that has been heard on the national television broadcasts of Super Bowls XL through LI, and he has recorded for Ondine Records, Telarc, Bridge Records, and Innova Recordings.

Ralph teaches applied percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at West Chester University, where he holds the rank of Instructor of Percussion. Ralph has presented clinics and masterclasses at a number of colleges and universities, and he served as a panelist for the final round of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. Ralph holds an M.M. in Orchestral Performance from Temple University, as well as a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University. Ralph is an artist endorser for SABIAN cymbals.

John Hintz
Principal Timpani

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John has been Timpanist with the orchestra since July of 1990.  He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware and his Master of Music from West Chester University. In addition to performing for BAS, he has been timpanist for: Delaware Symphony, Opera Delaware, Delaware Academy of Dance, Northern Delaware Oratorio Society, and numerous other performing groups.  John’s music has covered everything from country to ballet.  Most recently he has started performing with the renaissance group Wolgemut.

 In 2012 John retired from thirty five years of teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Delaware and Maryland.  Retirement did not mean he would stop working with children.  He is now their Santa!  Most notable he is Santa for the Wilmington Western Rail Road and has been Santa for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Malavika Godbole

Malavika, or Mika, Godbole is known for her enthusiastic support of new music, emerging composers, and her flair as a solo performer. She has premiered several works as a founding member of the groundbreaking quartet Mobius Percussion. Her freelance activities include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra among others.

Recent accolades include a Grammy nomination for Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer with The Crossing and winning the 2016 Bessie Award with Dan Trueman, Mobius Percussion, and So Percussion for Outstanding Musical Composition/Sound Design

Upcoming projects include the third year Princeton, NJ’s new music marathon, aptly titled Unruly Sounds and residences with Mobius Percussion. 

She has also been involved in summer music programs such as the Aspen Music Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Artosphere Festival, and the China International Summer Music Academy. She has collaborated with conductors and artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, James DePriest, David Robertson, and James Conlon.

As a teacher, she maintains an active studio of thirty students at various levels of ability at the Westminster Conservatory and at York College of PA (as Adjunct Faculty).